June 5, 2009
The Bobcats preparation for the 2009 NBA Draft continued on Friday at Time Warner Cable Arena with Georgetown’s DaJuan Summers, Xavier’s Derrick Brown, N.C. State’s Courtney Fells, Johnson C. Smith’s Ryan Scott, Tennessee Martin’s Lester Hudson and Elizabeth City State’s Anthony Hilliard all participating in draft workouts.
DaJuan Summers, an early entry candidate for the 2009 NBA Draft, ranks 29th all-time in Georgetown scoring history (1,129 points), seventh in three-pointers made (141), and eighth in three-pointers attempted (403). He averaged 13.6 points, 4.1 rebounds and 1.3 assists last season as a junior. Summers reached double figures in scoring 25 times that season, including a streak of 19 consecutive games.
Derrick Brown is another early entry candidate for this year’s draft. He earned Second Team All-Atlantic 10 honors and First Team NABC All-District honors as a junior. He ranked second on the team in scoring (13.7 ppg), first in rebounding (6.1 rpg), second in field-goal percentage (.504), and first in three-point percentage (.433). Brown is 36th on Xavier’s all-time scoring list with 1,096 career points.
Courtney Fells was a three-year starter at N.C. State. He averaged 11.3 points, 3.6 rebounds and 1.5 assists last season as a senior. Fells shot 46.5 percent from the field, 39.8 percent from three-point range, and 85.7 percent from the free-throw line. He tied for the team lead in steals with 28 despite missing three games due to injury.
Ryan Scott was named to the CIAA All-Conference and All-Tournament teams and finished second in the conference Player of the Year voting as a senior. He averaged 18.1 points, 3.7 rebounds, 3.1 assists and 1.9 steals per game during that season. Scott led the CIAA in three-point field goals made and ranked second in scoring and steals.
Lester Hudson was named the Ohio Valley Conference Player of the Year and earned First Team All-Conference honors as a junior and senior. Following those two seasons, he was also named Honorable Mention All-American by The Associated Press. Hudson set an Ohio Valley Conference single-season scoring record with 880 points in 2008-2009. He ranked second in the nation in scoring with 27.5 points per game.
Anthony Hilliard was the 2009 CIAA Player of the Year and the HSRN Division II National Player of the Year. He finished first in the CIAA in scoring and rebounding his senior season. Hilliard is fourth all-time in scoring at ECSU and tied for 29th all-time in the CIAA.
(On today’s workouts)
It was a good group. The nice thing is that all the kids that come here try hard. They all want to get better and I can see they’ve all been well-coached. You feel like you might be able to help some of them if they have another workout. If they play somewhere else, you hope they leave here with a good feeling.
(On the team’s two second-round picks)
I never worry about second-round picks, because sometimes you can use them to move up, trade them for the future, or use them to send kids overseas.
(On Courtney Fells)
He is a great athlete, he can handle the ball, and he has a quick twitch. I have a lot of respect for (N.C. State Head Coach) Sidney (Lowe) and his kids. He has an understanding of the pro game, so I’m sure Courtney has been told a lot of things that he might have to do to play on our level. A kid with his length and quickness are hard to find.
(On Derrick Brown and DaJuan Summers)
I think they are first round picks. The draft is funny because it is highly unpredictable for certain kids, but those two are going to warrant a lot of consideration.
(On today’s workout)
I think it went well. Coach Brown does a lot of teaching, so it helps us for our future workouts and for our game overall.
(On his other workouts)
This was my third workout. I worked out with the Bulls and I did a group workout in Minnesota.
(On what he has heard from other teams)
I’ve gotten positive feedback. My stock is rising, so it has gone pretty well so far.
(On being selected in the first round)
Yeah, that’s what I’m hearing, but I can’t really focus on that. I think that can change overnight if I have a bad workout, so I just try to stay focused and levelheaded.
(On how this workout compared to his other workouts)
I think this was one of my best workouts. I think that because Coach Brown does a lot of teaching. If you make a mistake, he doesn’t allow you to keep making the same mistake. He’ll stop you and teach you how to do it the right way.
(On the workout)
It was really good. It was a different workout with more teaching. Larry Brown does a good job of teaching us and breaking things down more than other workouts.
(On working out against smaller players)
Being out there guarding smaller players and showing that you can be versatile on the court is something that is pretty important.
(On his strengths)
Being 6-8 and being able to guard on the perimeter and use my athleticism are strengths of mine.
(On playing against good competition in college)
It definitely gives you a lot of confidence knowing that you’ve already played these people, and you know them on and off the court. It gives you a great preparation to do well in the workouts.
(On where he may be drafted)
I’ve heard between 15 and 30. But the people making the mock drafts aren’t the ones making the final decisions. I feel good about where I’m at. I’m going to continue to work out, and we’ll see what happens come June 25th.
(On where else he has worked out)
Detroit, Chicago, Cleveland and two big group workouts in Minnesota and Oakland. I have a couple more, so we’ll see how it works out.
(On the workout)
I thought it went pretty well. It was a little different from the other workouts that I’ve done, because Coach Brown actually organized it and coached us through the whole workout. I felt like I got better and the drills that we did today can benefit me in the future.
(On his other workouts)
I’ve had three other ones. Oklahoma City, Houston, and San Antonio.
(On the team’s teaching throughout the workout)
It benefits me a lot, especially coming from the head coach. Obviously, he is trying to make you better and he is showing you things that can help you get better. It was a good feeling to be interacting with the head coach.
(On playing for the Bobcats)
I’d like to be a part of any team in the NBA, but if I could stay around here, that would be good, because I could still keep my friendships. When you go on with your professional career, you normally lose contact with people.
(On his strengths)
I think that I have speed, athleticism and I can shoot the ball. I can defend a little bit, so for the NBA I think I add a little bit of everything.
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